Venue, transport and parking

Our venue

The Derby Award Ceremonies are held at the iconic Derby Arena on Pride Park.

Derby Arena

Transport and parking

Please plan and allow plenty of time for your journey. Pride Park can become congested at peak times.  

There is limited parking at the venue but alternative car parking is available in Derby City Centre, which is a short taxi or bus journey to the venue. The local bus services: Park and Ride4 and 4A run from the Derby Bus Station on the Morledge and take eight minutes to the venue. It is then a one-minute walk to the venue. 

Train services will be available on the day and there will be a free shuttle bus service to the venue from the Pride Park exit at Derby train station. The shuttle buses will return to the train station when the ceremony has ended.

There will be a taxi rank situated at the back of Derby Arena in the car park.

Please note that local parking charges may apply in some instances. We encourage you to car share if possible to help avoid congestion in the area.

The full postal address of Derby Arena is:

Derby Arena
Royal Way
Pride Park
DE24 8JB

Disabled parking is available at Derby Arena. You will need your blue badge visible in your windscreen.

How to purchase graduation parking

  1. Go to the MiPermit website
  2. Click ‘buy digital permits’
  3. Scroll down to the ‘University of Derby’ section and select the option titled ‘graduation permits’
  4. Under permit type, select the ceremony start time of your choice
  5. Enter your vehicle registration details
  6. Select the start date, location and entry time
  7. Enter your permit owner's details
  8. Once completed, click ‘pay now’
  9. Enter your billing details
  10. Enter your payment details
  11. Once completed, click ‘pay now’ to purchase a graduation permit

If you have any questions regarding graduation parking, please email

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